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Day 6

Au revoir Paris!!

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Well this is our last night in Paris. We had a pretty action packed day like yesterday. Started off by walking to the Pantheon from our hotel, we are about a 10 minute walk. Then we walked down rue Soufflot to good old McDonalds to get breakfast. Now most of the people I know at home, specifically the city of Brampton guys would not survive with the small sizes in Europe. A bottle of pop is only 500ml and 4€ where at home it's 750ml and $2! Well caffeine is not the same either. A normal coffee is a cafe Americano and it usually comes in one size, super SMALL!!! Mcd's has expresso and coffee but its one size. It must be the equivilant to a extra small coffee from Tim's. I'm dying for a normal sized coffee!!!! Anyways, we went to McDonalds and spent 6€ on the smallest coffee known to man and a muffin! Definitely NOT like McDonalds at home.

Frankly I'm sick of eating here. I'm not loving the French food. I know they are known for their cuisine but it's weird, uncooked and not that great. Plus, it is soooo expensive! We are both hoping Poland is as cheap as everyone says cause I'm ready to stop spending such on food for a few days.

Now that I'm done ranting, we took our expensive McDs and walked across the street to the Jardin de Luxembourg. This is by far my favourite Jardin in Paris! Words can't describe it. Check out my fb pictures and it still doesn't do it justice but gives you an idea. We walked and walked and walked from the Jardin to Notre Dame Cathedral. It took a really long time, stopping at our favourite store, Monoprix for some window browsing. After Notre Dame, we got a sandwich and a coke at a little 'cheap' side restaurant (for only 12€ each!) and then got a crepe. Nutella and banana creeps are the best!! If you ever come to Paris, don't miss out!

Next we got lost! Not badly, but we walked for 20 min along the seine in the complete opposite direction! Opps!!! At least I noticed that I couldn't find the street names on the map. We stood there with our big map open looking like total tourists for a good 5 min until this nice friendly man came riding up on his bikeup and asked if we needed help. Not only were we going the wrong way, we had a good 35 min walk ahead of us. Eventually we made it to Musee Orsay! My favourite museum in Paris! It holds Edgar Degas' ballerina portraits and sculptures as well as lots of Van Gogh and Claudet Monet.

We took the metro back, but got lost on it. It wasn't our fault, it's like the only line out of all 14 that doesn't connect directly with our line the 7. We figured it out, took a train twice, going back where we started and had to transfer 3 times but we made it! Thats what matters.

We had our last dinner at an Italian restaurant then went for waffles and ice cream, cause you know we didn't need to! ;)

Tomorrow we are off to Krakow! I wonder what Poland will be like. Looking in our frommers guide, the map of krakow compared to Paris is unreal. If we can get around this city ok, we should never get lost in Poland!

To sum up Paris, we'll miss: 3 course meals at one set price, Monoprix, the metro, les Jardin, crepes, fondue, Notre Dame, Musee D'Orsay, 'Merci', 'do you speak English? Because I don't speak French' and old buildings with character everywhere!

Au revoir! Off to Poland we go!

Love Lins

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Day 5

Oh Paris!

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We had a super busy day walking around Paris. We left this morning and took the metro up to the Louvre. The annoying thing about Pairs is trying to buy food. They have weird food times, breakfast is early, lunch between 1:30-3pm then most restaurants close down until dinner which doesn't really start until 7pm and seems to go past 11pm. Everything is a Parisien cafe, there is one at every street corner. They all serve the same food and they are all super expensive. I don't know about you but all I need in the morning is a coffee (cafe americano as they call it in Europe) and something small to keep me going. Well that almost impossible today! A breakfast which was coffee, juice, toast and fruit is about €15!! We spend about that for a 3 course meal at dinner! After a good 20 min of walking from cafe to cafe, in search of a Starbucks (they do have them here but not on every street corner like they do downtown) we found a small tea place...thank god! Food can be pretty frustrating to either find or afford in Paris, which is completely opposite from Scotland.

After breakfast, we walked outside of the Louvre, sat at the fountains and relaxed. We walked across the street to the Jardin du Carrousel and the into the Jardin des Tuileries. If you haven't been to Paris before, pictures do not the jardins justice. They are beyond huge, think central park but all open, green grass, multiple fountains with lots of seating. It's amazing!!

Then we walked up the av des Champs-Eylsees , the whole way up to the Arc de Triomphe. We stopped to do a bit of shopping and eat a salad and sandwhich in the street on the way. Then we decided to be ambitious, pulled out the Frommers map and figured out how to walk to the Tour Eiffel! We took a bunch of pictures, admired its beauty, got ice cream and sat down at the seine river taking everything in. Next, we took an hour boat cruise on the Seine river. The cruise is nice because you learn a lot of history and see lots of buildings. After the cruise, we walked under the Tour Eiffel towards another park. We walked all through parc du Champ de Mars to the metro.

Tonight we went back to rue Mouffetard for dinner. We didn't head over until 8:30 ish, typical dinner time in Paris. We had cheese fondue! Who knew fondue was super popular in Paris?!? Personally, I was sick of it after just a bit, but Candice who has never had fondue enjoyed the meal. The carbs are killing my tummy, I feel like its expanded so much just from eating shit. It would be impossible to do the Poon here, and I want to try authentic food and enjoy myself on my trip, but I can not wait to get back on the Poon when I get back!! Crazy, I know!

Well if you pulled out a map of Paris and looked up the Latin Quarter and follow where we walked to you would see we literally walked half of the city. Needless to say, I'm tired and may actually be able to sleep tonight.

Au revoir! A demain.
Amour Lindsay

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Day 4

Bonjour de Paris

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We made it to Paris and didn't get lost!!! Sweeeet!

We went into a minor panic mode trying to check in at the airport at Edinburgh. We were lucky enough to have a huge group of Italian teenagers in a tour group in front of us. They only started check in for our flight 1 hour before even though they say to be 2 hours early, which we were. Once we checked in we literally speed walked upstairs to the security check and just made it in line for boarding. Everything else has been smooth sailing since ;)

So far, I'm finding my Paris experience different from my last one. Pretty much everyone we've met or approached for something has spoken English to some extent. I'd love to say all my 15 years of French education has paid off and I'm conversing well in Francais....but sorry mom, that's not the case. Candice has an amazing memory, and she remembers random facts and information. Thank god she has been remembering words, which has been very handy. We are staying in the Latin Quater which is on the Seine Gauche. The funny thing is, I stayed in this neighbourhood 4 years ago when Linds and I came to Paris! I clearly didn't remember this (my memory is not like Candice's!), but I am great at directionality and remembering places I have been before. We started walking down our street and I literally started noticing all these landmarks that I thought looked familiar. 20 minutes later, I found the Starbucks we used to go to every morning and where the hotel I stayed in was. My amazing sense of directionality also found the Patheon (which is only a 15 min walk from our hotel) and the Jarden de Luxemburg. We are going to go back during the day since it was had to see everything in the dark but at least I now where we are going.

We found rue Mouffetard and rue Descartes which has lots of restaurants and pubs everywhere. Everything here is a set meal. Most range from €14-€18 which include an appetizer, entree and dessert. We had a nice French meal on the street with some wine and enjoyed taking in the atmosphere. Romantic, I know! ;)

Tomorrow we are going shopping! The major retailer here is call Monoprix (it's kind of like Winners). As smart as I am, I appear to have not packed a cardigan even though I had 2 pulled out to pack for the trip. It's quite cool here, not as bad as Scotland, but you actually need a sweater in the evening as it gets breezy. I was pretty disappointed tonight when I realized I didn't bring any, luckily my fat arms aren't so fat anymore, and I actually fit in one of Can's cardigans. Who knew that day would ever happen! Lol Other then shopping, we have 2 days to hit up as many sites as we can. So that's the plan for tomorrow. Add in some pastries, coffee and a crepe and we're going to have an amazing day in Paris!!

Au revoir.

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